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Nursing, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #992 (BCR) , ND,
UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines' PhD in Nursing distance degree program prepares you for a career as an independent researcher and faculty member, with a research emphasis on the nursing care of vulnerable and diverse populations.

About

UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines' PhD in Nursing distance degree program prepares you for a career as an independent researcher and faculty member, with a research emphasis on the nursing care of vulnerable and diverse populations.

Education in nursing at the doctoral level prepares advanced nurse clinicians to become nurse scientists. 

Throughout the doctoral program, you will:

  • discover, understand, and critically evaluate the literature in nursing and related fields.
  • apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues and problems at the forefront of nursing knowledge.

In a combination of online courses and intensive experiences, you will learn to:

  • synthesize and critically evaluate the literature of nursing and related fields to identify issues and critical gaps in scientific nursing knowledge.
  • make significant original contributions to scientific nursing knowledge through the interdisciplinary and independent conduct of basic and clinical research.
  • contribute to the development of scientific methodology for nursing research congruent with the broad concerns of the discipline (physiological, biobehavioral, spiritual, and psychosocial).
  • complete research and direct application of findings in an environment characterized by commitment to high standards of ethical conduct, including, truth, honesty, freedom of inquiry and intellectual autonomy.
  • display readiness for post-doctoral study and early research program development through recognition of high achievement in research and scholarship.
  • develop and assume roles that facilitate discovery, application, and integration of new nursing knowledge.

The PhD in Nursing program is designed with both post-bachelor’s and post-master's entry points. 

In addition, if you have your bachelor’s degree in nursing, but have a master's degree in another field, you will be eligible for advanced placement in the program.

Accreditation

The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND has been accredited since 1913, when the Association was first organized.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    90 Credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Theory & Research

  • Epistemology & Philosophy of Nursing 
  • Theoretical Development in Nursing 
  • Research Grantsmanship
  • Quantitative Nursing Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing 
  • Research Practicum 
  • Curriculum Development
  • Teaching Strategies 
  • Teaching Practicum 
  • Assessment and Evaluation 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor's or higher degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program or equivalent nursing preparation.
  • Graduate Record Examination or Miller's Analogy Test scores from within the previous 5 years.
  • Completion of a statistics course.
  • A one-page paper stating the applicant's research interests, professional goals and affiliation with nursing faculty.
  • Evidence of current, unencumbered licensure to practice as a registered nurse.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé.
  • An interview will be required for applicants meeting these basic admission requirements.
  • Applicant's research interests and professional goals are consistent with program objectives.

Technological Requirements

  • Although specific technical requirements may vary by online course or program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    515 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 515 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    515 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 515 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    515 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 515 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Grand Forks

  • 1000 - 2180 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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